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Say you are given an undirected unweighted graph, where s and t are nodes from the graph. d(s,t) means the distance between s and t which outputs the number of edges.

How do I find the the maximum distance between s and t , max{d(s,t)}, where the edges between s and t are minimal? Also, how can this problem can be related/reduced to the hamiltonian problem?

Any advice would be really helpful.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by D.W., Juho, David Richerby, Rick Decker, Luke Mathieson Dec 5 '14 at 1:27

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    $\begingroup$ Where does $s$ come from? Please specify your problem more carefully. What is given and what exactly are you looking for? Also, what have you tried and where did you get stuck? $\endgroup$ – Raphael Dec 2 '14 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Raphael sorry, I will re-define my question as it seems to be confusing. $\endgroup$ – Stella Dec 2 '14 at 18:27
  • $\begingroup$ Do you only consider simple paths? If so, it is certainly related to the hamiltonian path problem: a hamiltonian path exists if for some $s,t$ the maximum distance between $s$ and $t$ is $n-1$. $\endgroup$ – Yuval Filmus Dec 2 '14 at 18:48
  • $\begingroup$ @YuvalFilmus Yes, I am considering simple paths. I am also trying to understand how the shortest-path can be reduced to the hamiltonian-path problem. hamiltonian-path<=shortest-path. $\endgroup$ – Stella Dec 2 '14 at 18:55
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, I still can't understand your question. What is given (what are the inputs), and what is the desired output? max{d(s,t)} doesn't make sense if s,t are two given vertices: d(s,t) is a single integer, so why are you taking a max of a set with one element? And why do you think this is related to the Hamiltonian path problem? I think you need to spend more time thinking about this more carefully and figuring out how to explain your problem and articulate it more precisely. $\endgroup$ – D.W. Dec 4 '14 at 1:15
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Hint: Given a graph $G$, add two new vertices $s,t$, each connected to all vertices in the original graph. When does there exist a path from $s$ to $t$ of length $n+1$?

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